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AS MOTORCLASSICA 2018 came to a close, 24,000 show­go­ers had been wel­comed through the re­gal doors of Mel­bourne's Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing.

140 of Aus­tralia's best col­lec­tor cars and mo­tor­cy­cles were in con­tention for the var­i­ous concours awards, with the head­lin­ing Best in Show award go­ing to Lawrence South­ward's spec­tac­u­lar 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spi­der.

In be­stow­ing the concours' high­est hon­our on the gor­geous Alfa, Event Direc­tor Paul Mathers said: “Lawrence South­ward's Alfa Romeo 6C Spi­der is truly a world-class car and a very wor­thy win­ner of the ‘Best of the Best' Award.”

The Alfa 6C was orig­i­nally owned by Bubby Feather­stone­haugh, English Jazz Mu­si­cian and car racer be­fore find­ing its way to New Zealand.

It was Lawrence's fa­ther and sis­ter who first be­gan the 6C's restora­tion 16 years ago, both of whom un­for­tu­nately passed away be­fore the car could be com­pleted. The stun­ning car was only fin­ished ear­lier this year, af­ter the team at Bris­tol Mo­tors were en­trusted with com­plet­ing the project.

The car fea­tured coach­built alu­minium body­work by Za­gato, and a su­per­charged 1,762cc in­line-six.

Mathers fur­ther said: “Ev­ery year the stan­dard of our Concours en­trants keeps get­ting higher and mak­ing the judg­ing that much more dif­fi­cult, the panel is lit­er­ally hav­ing to make judge­ments on the most minute of de­tail”.

“It's fan­tas­tic to see this evo­lu­tion and share the pas­sion of the own­ers with our Motorclassica au­di­ence”.

Show-go­ers pitched in votes for the ‘Peo­ple's Choice' award, which ul­ti­mately went to Sam San­taro's 1969 Holden HK Monaro GTS.

Restora­tion of the Year' went to Barry Edge's flaw­less 1969 Maserati Ghi­bli Spy­der re­stored by Re-Cre­ation Au­to­mo­tive. It also won the ‘Mod­ern Clas­sic Sports & Per­for­mance Over 3 Litre' award.

‘The Chief Judge's Spirit of Motorclassica' was awarded to Al­lan Reid's 1964 Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Sprint Spe­ciale.

‘Vin­tage & Vet­eran' went to Scott Emer­son's stun­ning 1924 Cadil­lac V16, with ‘Pre-War UK & Euro­pean' awarded to Max Joffe's 1926 De­lage Boat-Tail Tourer, and Trevor Hud­son's 1929 Stutz Black­hawk tak­ing out ‘Pre-War USA'.

As well as ‘Peo­ple's Choice' award, Sam San­toro's Monaro GTS also took out ‘Mod­ern Clas­sic GT USA & Aus­tralia', while Gavin King's 1961 Jaguar E-Type won ‘Mod­ern Clas­sic GT UK & Euro­pean'.

Over­all win­ner of ‘Mod­ern Clas­sic' was David La­mont and his 1963 Jaguar Mark II, while ‘Mod­ern Sports & Per­for­mance Un­der 3 Litre' went to Bram Wil­liam's 1967 Porsche 911S.

‘Post-War Closed' and ‘Post-War Open' awards went to Tony Nas­sar and his 1958 BMW Isetta Mi­cro coupe, and Mark & Michelle Jansen's 1959 Gog­gomo­bile Dart re­spec­tively.

In the ‘Preser­va­tion' classes; the ‘Pre-1950' award went to Greg Mackie and his 1924 Min­erva AB Tourer, the ‘Post1950' award went to Greg La Manna and his 1974 Fer­rari Day­tona, and the ‘Mo­tor­cy­cles Preser­va­tion' award went to Jor­dan Roddy and his 1972 Tri­umph X-75 Hur­ri­cane.

‘Mo­tor­cy­cles Pre-1955' went to Thomas Weitacher's 1954 BSA A7 SS Day­tona, with the ‘Post-1955' award to Jon Munn's 1959 Tri­umph 650 Bonneville.

‘Rac­ing Cars Pre-War' and ‘Post-War' went to Tom Robert's '37 Maserati 6CM, and Mark Ben­net's '57 Lo­tus 12.

One of the fea­ture themes of this year's Motorclassica was the cel­e­bra­tion of the era of Art Deco cars, with a spe­cial award go­ing to Terry Dowel's 1937 Cord Cus­tom Ber­lin Coupe.

Sim­i­larly, the '90 Years of the Aus­tralian Grand Prix' was given a spe­cial dis­play, with a spe­cial award to Peter Har­burg's 1963 Brab­ham BT7A.

In con­trast, the big win­ner for the Mi­croCar class was Alvin Chua and his 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Coupe.

The 2019 event, the ten­thrun­ning of Motorclassica, will take place again at Mel­bourne's Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing on Oc­to­ber 11-13. Can we can look for­ward to an even higher cal­i­bre of cars at that land­mark show?.

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